Providence street renamed in honor of lifelong resident, judge

Judge Bruce Selya is seen speaking at a ceremony that honored him, Thursday, May 11, 2023. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence street renamed in honor of a lifelong resident and the longest-serving judge on the U.S. First Court of Appeals.

Fulton Street, between Memorial and Exchange streets, next to the federal courthouse, will be changed to “Judge Selya Way.”

The Providence City Council says Judge Bruce Selya played an important role in the revitalization of the downtown area surrounding the U.S. Courthouses.

According to the council, Selya was appointed U.S. District Court judge for the District of Rhode Island in 1982 and was elevated the First Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986.

Currently, Selya still hears cases on the First Cicuit as a senior judge and teaches law at Boston College, Boston University, and Roger Williams University.

Councilman John Goncalves, who represents the downtown district, sponsored the resolution to rename that street. It was approved by the City Council and signed by Mayor Brett Smiley.


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